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How to Teach your Toddler to Memorize with One Easy Tip

How to Teach your Toddler to Memorize with One Easy Tip

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

So, having worked as a nurse in a trauma floor I realize there are some really important things I want my toddlers to memorize as soon as possible. For example:

 *My phone number

*How to call emergency care: 911

*Their Mom and Dad’s first and last name (not mommy and daddy 😉

Once a little bit older, I want them to know:

*Their home address including area code

Starting at age 4 we memorize bible verses in our home, and that really helps as we incorporate love and kindness into how we discipline and how we approach the world. For example, one day I was complaining about something, and my 4 year old replied back to me from the back seat of the car…”Mom, remember our verse this week, “Whatever we do, do our work for the Lord? Col 3:23” Wow, was that a slap in the face to remind me that I am supposed to have a better and more loving attitude. That event never would have happened, if our toddlers did not begin to memorize things that were important to our family at an early age, using this one easy tip.

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

As a nurse on the trauma floor I have seen and heard so many situations that a parent would not expect to be unresponsive (unexpected collapse, seizure, fainting, or even a weird event like a dog attack at a park or a safety concern from a stranger). These days I see a concerning trend that many homes have only cell phones. There is not a home phone that is in the same place all the time. Do your toddlers know how to call 911 in an emergency? Do you practice with them about police and fire safety? Do they know how to tell a service man / woman what their mom and dad’s first and last name is in an emergency? These are important pieces of information if you were in trouble. Is there something special like a bible verse, pieces of school learning, spelling words, or simply a phrase that you want to become part of the life of your family? This easy tip will help you. 

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

Every one of our children has a spot down low – at their level, this means from 1 to 3 feet off the ground level of the floor with a clear protective sleeve fixed to the wall. You can staple it or mount it however you want. We simply staple it with 2 staples. We print off what we are focusing on that week or month, and slide it into the sleeve. Every morning and night they can look at the words or numbers and tell us. At first my pre-readers obviously need help. But you will be surprised at how fast they learn the meaning of the letters and numbers and know what it says. Then they will notice those same letters and numbers out in the world and begin to point them out. This is the start of early literacy. It happens so young if we encourage it!

Here are a few things that are on our 3 Littles literacy memorization boards right now:

8 yr old:

Her bible verse.

Hug my family 10 times today, they love me and care about me.

Her spelling words.

Her new (we have moved MANY times) home address with zip code and phone number.


5 yr old:

Her phone number.

9-1-1 (and then practice how to do it)

Her bible verse.

Her family lesson: “Our family does not give up!”

Hug my family 10 times today! They love me and care about me.


Our 2 Year Old:

Her name

A heart that says I LOVE YOU

Her bible verse: “Love”

Her colors (photos).


We cycle out different family values, names, verses, spelling words, lessons, and other things they need or want to memorize. The one easy tip: To place the clear protectors at their level. This means only 1-3 feet off the floor, in a place they see every single day. Some ideas we have used are: next to their sleeping spot, under their bedroom light switch, inside their fort, inside their bathroom (away from water zone;), on underside of top bunk for the child that sleeps on bottom bunk. We encourage them as routinely as brushing their teeth. I offer them that anytime they want to recite to me something from their memory board, that I will STOP what I am doing (working, cooking, texting, emailing) look into their eyes, and listen to what they want to recite to me. That alone is motivator enough. It takes just a few seconds, and the reward is a hug. Did you know that we need around 10 hugs or loving touches a day to keep our brain, body, mind and heart strong? Positive touches help our immune system, our development of trust, keep depression away, improve self esteem, and improve circulation (Sources here). So, when we offer hugs as a reward for memorization, it actually helps our kids memorize faster and easier, while strengthening our family as a whole.

So, I suppose that was 2 really easy tips! They really work.

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

Help your child to memorize with this one easy tip!

Here are the clear sleeves you can buy (affiliate link):

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Candycorn Popsicles

Candycorn Popsicles

Candycorn Sticks Halloween Snack “Food Allergies are Real! Snacks that avoid them are FUN @!”

Candycorn Popsicles: All Treat, No Tricks!

by Joy 

This Fall “Treat” was SO FUN to make with my 3 daughters who have nut allergies. We value health and our responsibility to care for our bodies as best as we can. But around Fall everyone wants to have a little Candycorn treat right? Often we buy candy, not really wanting to add the sugar, dyes, and chemicals to our bodies, and then end up with a stomach ache afterwards. Well, this healthy, allergy friendly snack called “Candycorn Popsicle Sticks” is All Treat, No Tricks. You will find only these organic freshly squeezed / blended ingredients inside:

coconut milk

carrot juice

mango juice

pineapple juice

That’s it! Except the coconut milk, we squeezed or blended our own ingredients right in our kitchen from fresh, organic produce. It was fun to make and is a healthy, allergy friendly treat – no tricks! Here’s how we did it!

First, you can buy these Popsicle molds from my Amazon affiliate link: 

Then just follow this easy recipe! This snack was FUN, EASY, HEALTHY, and ALLERGY FRIENDLY! Made for and with my 3 girls allergic to nuts. Enjoy!

Candycorn Halloween Sticks
This Fall Snack is made from organic, allergy friendly ingredients that taste fantastic and are a healthy snack for Fall or any time of year!
  1. Top White Layer: 2 cups organic coconut milk
  2. Middle Orange Layer: 1 cup carrot juice + 1 cup mango puree
  3. Bottom Yellow Layer: 2 cups organic pineapple juice or pureed fresh pineapple
  1. Replace the plastic sticks that have a closed cover, with a simple Popsicle stick that can stay in the container while freezing each layer.
  2. Pour 1/3 of each container full with the coconut milk. Freeze several hours until solid.
  3. Pour next 1/3 of each container full with the carrot & mango puree. Freeze until solid.
  4. Pour next 1/3 of each container full with the pineapple juice. Freeze until solid.
  5. Enjoy your healthy candycorn snack!!
  1. This snack was made for and with my 3 daughters with a nut allergy. Find out why we are doing this at
  2. "Food allergies are Real! Snacks that avoid them are FUN @!"
I Believe in Joy!

Friendly Witch Snack

“Food Allergies are real! Snacks that avoid them are Fun @!”

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 “Food Allergies are real! Snacks that avoid them are Fun @!”

Allergy Friendly Witch Snack by Joy Brownlee

Fall is in the air! Chili parties, pumpkin decorations, cooler weather, and perhaps a friendly flight into making some fun and healthy snacks for a get together with friends. This Friendly Witch Snack is sure to please anyone! We made this Allergy-Friendly Witch Snack with my 3 daughters who are allergic to nuts. You can make it too! All you need is a few simple ingredients and you will be flying into healthy and fun snacking in no time! 

Friendly Witch Snack
Friendly Witch Snack is an allergy friendly, healthy, and fun snack that I made with my 3 daughters who have nut allergies. More at where health and joy take flight! (all cooking or cutting in my recipes need to be done by an adult).
Here's what we used
  1. 3 Organic, non-gmo, gluten free, blue corn chips
  2. 1 Celery stalk
  3. 4 Carrot slices
  4. 1 cup of organic hummus
  5. 1 mini Babybel cheese round (remove and discard the red smile & eye, made from the cheese covering, before eating the snack)
  1. Remove the outer packaging wrapper from the mini Babybel cheese (discard). Leave the red covering on the cheese.
  2. Carefully cut an eye and smile into the red covering of the mini Babybel cheese round for the face. After cutting the smile and eye, then remove the remainder of the red mini Babybel cheese covering using the tab provided and discard. The smile and eye will remain on the cheese round but do not eat them, discard the red eye and smile before eating)
  3. Place your witch face in top center of plate.
  4. Use 1 chip for the witch hat.
  5. Use 1 chip for the witch body.
  6. Use 1 chip for the witch cape.
  7. Trim 1 celery stalk with some leaves for the broom.
  8. Trim 4 thin pieces of carrots for the arms and legs.
  9. Place 1 cup of hummus in a serving dish, position it as the moon above the witch.
  10. Leave an extra bowl of dipping chips on the side.
  1. This recipe was made for my 3 daughters who are allergic to nuts, to encourage them to try new foods they can have for snacks, like the non-gmo blue corn chips and the organic hummus. Our goal is to recognize that "Food allergies are real! Snacks that avoid them are Fun @!" This has helped our journey as a family with food allergies, and we hope it brings a bit of joy to yours.
I Believe in Joy!